ASHP 2017 Residency Match Phase I Reflects Expansion in Positions, Residency Program Growth

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Two-Phase Match Provides Additional Opportunities to Fill Positions

Phase I of ASHP’s Match process today was a success, with 5,752 applicants for 4,592 residency positions. Of those total positions, 3,750 are now filled, with the remainder to be filled in Phase II of the Match. Further, over the last five years residency positions have increased by 1,594.

The 2017 Match results for Phase I show a remarkable growth in numbers of both residency programs and available positions,” said Janet A. Silvester, Pharm.D., M.B.A., FASHP, Vice President, ASHP Accreditation Services Office. “The development of new opportunities for postgraduate pharmacy residency training confirms that the profession is responding to the increased demand for highly trained pharmacists.”

In recent years, the number of pharmacy students who wish to match with residencies across the U.S. has grown exponentially. In 2015, ASHP collaborated with National Matching Services (NMS) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS) to create a two-phase Match process for the 2016 Match to help meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of pharmacists and student pharmacists who are seeking residencies as well as residency programs that are seeking applicants.

Now in its second year, ASHP’s Phase II of the Match gives applicants who did not match in Phase I another opportunity to connect with a postgraduate training program. Applications for Phase II of the Match may be submitted to residency programs beginning on March 21, 2017. The informal Post-Match Scramble will still be held following Phase II of the Match to ensure that individuals have as many chances as possible to connect with a residency program.

For more information about the 2017 ASHP Match process, click here.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

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